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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
EDINBURGH, Scotland – Scottish officials said Thursday they were considering early release for the Lockerbie bomber — leading to sharp debate among victims' relatives in the U.S. and Britain over whether he should be allowed to return home to Libya.

British media reports say Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi will soon be freed on compassionate grounds because he is terminally ill with cancer. The possibility of an imminent release has reignited the fierce debate about whether justice has been done for victims of the attack that killed 270 people — most of them Americans.

The Scottish government dismissed the reports by Sky News and BBC television that he would be released next week as speculation, and said the region's justice minister had yet to review all case information before deciding whether to release al-Megrahi. Neither the BBC nor Sky News cited sources for their reports. A decision had been expected by the end of August.

"Clearly, he is terminally ill, and there are other factors," Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill told the BBC. "But I have made no decision as yet."

MacAskill said it was now clear to him that he would have to act as speedily as possible.

Al-Megrahi, a former Libyan secret service agent, is the sole person convicted for the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. He was arrested in 1991 in Libya, held under house arrest until handed over in 1998 and convicted in 2001. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Some relatives of the victims expressed outrage over the possibility that al-Megrahi would be freed early.

Susan Cohen of Cape May Court House, New Jersey, whose 20-year-old daughter, Theodora, died in the attack, said the idea that al-Megrahi could be freed was a nightmare.

"This is total, pure, ugly appeasement of a terrorist dictator and a monster," Cohen said.

She said that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi would feel vindicated if the convicted bomber could return to Libya.

"Al-Megrahi would be a star," she said, "and we will be left here in ashes and suffering."

Others said al-Megrahi was himself a victim of a miscarriage of justice — and that the truth of what caused the bombing has not emerged.

"Other people and other countries were involved in this," said the Rev. John Mosey, from Worcestershire, England, who lost his daughter Helga, 19. "We should show him some Christian compassion."

Since al-Megrahi's conviction, the dynamics of the relationship between Libya and the West have changed.

Gadhafi engineered a rapprochement with his former critics following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He renounced terrorism and voluntarily dismantled Libya's secret program to develop nuclear weapons — earning commitments from Britain and the United States to work together to contain the threat of international terrorism.

But the possibility that al-Megrahi could leave his Scottish prison exposed long-standing disagreements between victims' families.

Kathleen Flynn, of Montville, New Jersey, told the BBC that "it is terrible to think that someone who was responsible for the bombing could be released on compassionate grounds."

"This is a man who showed no compassion for the 270 people he blew up over Scotland," said Flynn, who's son J.P. was onboard Flight 103.

The spokesman for a group of British relatives offered an opposing view, saying studies of the trial and verdict suggested there was not enough evidence to convict the Libyan.

"I would be delighted if he went home to his family, as it is inhumane to keep him locked up," said Jim Swire, whose 24-year-old daughter, Flora, was on the flight. "Everything points to a miscarriage of justice" in the case.


Associated Press Writer Geoff Mulvihill in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, contributed to this report.

(This version CORRECTS that media say he would be freed, sted could.)


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ceemac

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
Send him to live with that fecker Biggs.....


C
 

SuperBogs

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
Waiting for Philip...:hmm::hmm::hmm:

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mdon

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
Can I take phillip's place???????
I think to show him humanity shows our strength as a nation - not weakness

There are doubts about his conviction as he is the only one who has been punished yet others were involved
I have been inside barlinnie prison (work related) and that in itself is a long slow death.
 

parrot

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
Can I take phillip's place???????
I think to show him humanity shows our strength as a nation - not weakness

There are doubts about his conviction as he is the only one who has been punished yet others were involved
I have been inside barlinnie prison (work related) and that in itself is a long slow death.
Ditto but it doesn't stop them coming back,so it can't be that bad.
 

SuperBogs

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
Can I take phillip's place???????
I think to show him humanity shows our strength as a nation - not weakness

There are doubts about his conviction as he is the only one who has been punished yet others were involved
I have been inside barlinnie prison (work related) and that in itself is a long slow death.

Regardless if others were involved they would all face the same sentence......he took part in killing hundreds.....let him die where he is.

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Saoirse

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
The UK victims group through its leader who lost his daughter have repeatedly stated that they do not think this man was the bomber.

If thats the case those of you wanting an innocent man to stay in prison are missing the point a bit!

The animals who did this should be jailed for life, meaning life, but a political decision and diplomatic plot to keep a possibly innocent man in prison whilst the real thugs stay free and protected in Libya seems unacceptable to me.

But as usual with many on here dont worry if you have the wrong guy just hang or imprison someone!
 

giglets

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
Can I take phillip's place???????
I think to show him humanity shows our strength as a nation - not weakness

There are doubts about his conviction as he is the only one who has been punished yet others were involved
I have been inside barlinnie prison (work related) and that in itself is a long slow death.



mdon,

No-one could take Philip's place!!

But, back to topic - cannot agree that it is a sign of strength to release him, but you are entitled to your opinion.
However, even I must agree that there is more to this case than we, the public, have been told.
I am convinced that this man was directly involved in the planning/attack, but I cannot believe that he was acting alone.
There is a rumour that the Scottish Justice Secretary, that idiot McCaskill, has attempted to broker a deal in which Megrahi returns to Libiya on condition that he drops his appeal case against his conviction.
Should this happen, then the only chance for the full truth to emerge in open court will have disappeared for good.
This would definitely suit certain people both in Whitehall and Washington, who don't want any more dirty linen to be washed in public.

Just have the feeling that we are all being fleeced on this one!



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giglets

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
The UK victims group through its leader who lost his daughter have repeatedly stated that they do not think this man was the bomber.

If thats the case those of you wanting an innocent man to stay in prison are missing the point a bit!

The animals who did this should be jailed for life, meaning life, but a political decision and diplomatic plot to keep a possibly innocent man in prison whilst the real thugs stay free and protected in Libya seems unacceptable to me.

But as usual with many on here dont worry if you have the wrong guy just hang or imprison someone!





So good you had to say it twice?!?!



Get a grip, son!!






Dave
 

SuperBogs

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
The UK victims group through its leader who lost his daughter have repeatedly stated that they do not think this man was the bomber.

If thats the case those of you wanting an innocent man to stay in prison are missing the point a bit!

The animals who did this should be jailed for life, meaning life, but a political decision and diplomatic plot to keep a possibly innocent man in prison whilst the real thugs stay free and protected in Libya seems unacceptable to me.

But as usual with many on here dont worry if you have the wrong guy just hang or imprison someone!

So this group THINKS this so he must be innocent,ok

Biker Bob
 

Saoirse

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
As usual Bob knows more than everyone else!

My point is that as this group have the most right to take an opinion on this and have been delving into the whole controversy I believe they are entitled to their opinion.
 

SuperBogs

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
You always stick up for the underdog Philip. It's it's terrorists you think they are getting the raw deal, if it's criminals that have killed you say let them out.....your always rooting for the underdog man....no wonder you support the football team you do...baaahaaa

Biker Bob
 

hovis

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
In the good old days the **** would have been hung along with his evil boss Gadhafi.
 

giglets

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
You always stick up for the underdog Philip. It's it's terrorists you think they are getting the raw deal, if it's criminals that have killed you say let them out.....your always rooting for the underdog man....no wonder you support the football team you do...baaahaaa

Biker Bob


Ouch!!!!


That last comment hurt, Bob!!

:Cry:
 

Akasya

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
Gadaffi, is our new best friend, they can't wait to get out there ( Libya ) to slip their tounges into his nether regions. Oil doncha know.

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SuperBogs

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Scotland considers freeing Lockerbie bomber early
Seems I finally have left Philip speachless....haaaaaaaaaaaaaa

hehe

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